Make It Home This Holiday Season

This post is sponsored by McCormick® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

This holiday season, I am looking forward to my entire family coming together in one house. It’s been a few years since the whole family was able to spend Thanksgiving together, so this year will be really special.

With the whole family in one room, it’s going to be a bit chaotic, but I am excited for all of us to spend quality time together.

For us, quality time means lots of food and drinks. I love putting together traditional dishes that have a modern spin on them because these are the dishes we look forward to each holiday! I mean, can you imagine if we didn’t have pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving? Blasphemy.

With help from McCormick® and their recipes, I am able to speed up my shopping list and narrow down what I need from Walmart.

Pumpkin Pie

In our home, it’s classic pumpkin pie or bust. It’s really hard to compete with a classic holiday pie!

Here’s what I used from the McCormick® Signature Pumpkin Pie recipe.


  • 1 frozen unbaked deep dish pie crust, 9-inch
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Place frozen pie crust on a large foil-lined baking sheet.
  • Mix pumpkin, milk, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Pour into crust.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake 40 minutes longer or until the knife inserted 1 inch from the crust comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. Serve with whipped cream…because it’s a decent thing to do.

Spiked Apple Cider Cocktail

Hey, ’tis the season. If you have your entire family under one roof, you may want to try out this cocktail. For the little ones, remove the alcohol.


  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup caramel topping
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Apple Pie Spice
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract


  • Bring apple cider, caramel topping, and apple pie spice to simmer in a medium saucepan. Stir in vanilla.
  • Pour into serving cups.
  • Add 1oz of your favorite dark rum.
  • Serve topped with whipped cream, additional caramel topping, and apple pie spice, if desired.

This holiday season, I encourage you to visit your local Walmart store to explore their wide variety of McCormick® Extract, Herbs & Spices, and Gravy products.

Oh, and I want to know what you are serving this holiday season! Share your favorite holiday dish below in the comments!

9 responses

  1. You’ve nailed the perfect fall vibe with the pumpkin pie and cider! I also can’t go without candied apples this time of year

    1. Lauren

      Haha – it’s officially pie season in my house!

  2. Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    Pumpkin pie is a must in our family too. I think it is in most families lol

    1. Lauren

      Agreed! It’s a must on Thanksgiving and Christmas in our house.

  3. Nene

    Love everything pumpkin spice. Thanks for sharing the pumpkin pie recipe =)

    1. Lauren

      We are on our second pumpkin pie from this recipe! It’s so easy to make 🙂

  4. That pumpkin pie looks so good! One thing I love about the holidays is being together with my family!

    1. Thank you so much Brittany! I love that about holidays, too!

  5. I may not be able to make that pie but I’m definitely up for that spiked cider. I’ll need to add it to my fall wishlist.

    xx Tatyanna